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Hippotizer drives huge LED screen for prominent Egyptian performer Mohamed Ramadan for biggest Egyptian crowd of 2021
Green Hippo’s Taiga and Karst+ were the media servers of choice for man-of-the-moment Egyptian artist Mohamed Ramadan, whose recent outdoor performance on Egypt’s North Coast saw 85,000 fans gather for what the singer described as “the largest audience attendance in 2021.”
To entertain the masses, the region’s largest ever scaffolding stage was erected, measuring 45m wide and 20m high, for a concert that commanded serious attention to detail, with the visuals quite literally taking centre stage among 800 lighting fixtures, pyrotechnics and special effects.
The structure was built by event rental partner Hi-Lights Group, which also supplied the 900 sq.m of LED video wall that displayed bespoke graphics on an impressive 4K video display with a total of 230,400 pixels.
Hi-Lights Group utilised two Hippotizer V4 Taiga and four Hippotizer V4 Karst+ Media Servers, with an output splitter. For programming and performance, the video team used Hippotizer’s version 4.5.5 software.
Fathy Hussien Hedia, Technical & Operation Manager at Hi-Lights Group, comments: “Mohamed Ramadan’s concert was the region’s largest outdoor event of 2021 and we had a great experience working with Green Hippo’s technologies on the production. We’ve been using their products for a long time and trust their abilities completely. Green Hippo products are very versatile and easy to use, which encourages technicians to bring out the best results possible.
“Green Hippo also creates with absolute safety in mind, which is very comforting during a live performance with a live audience.”
The globally watched concert gave fans a synchronised show design with an abundance of choreographed dancers, physical props and futuristic visuals complementing the hit records.
“Being part of a live concert means everything needs to be executed and synced perfectly, therefore we have to use tech that we trust,” continues Hedia. “This made Green Hippo a great choice for the live environment. They helped us to be part of another splendid performance.”
Elaborating on the pressure associated with live events and the difference tech support can make, Hedia commented on the manufacturer-vendor relationship found at Green Hippo: “We have a great understanding and respect for each other, which made everything run smoothly. Mohamed Ramadan’s concerts are legendary and, thanks to Green Hippo, our involvement turned out perfectly due to their user-friendly approach.
“We wouldn’t have been able to reach the success we did without our team of great technicians, but a huge thank you to Green Hippo for being an excellent supplier for the superstar that is Mohamed Ramadan.”