There will be no Ultrachip 2012.
After months of talking to venues, I have been forced to conclude that there is simply no way to have Ultrachip happen this year in a form in keeping with the style & setting established thusfar. In other words, it has not been possible to find a decent city centre venue willing to dedicate a weekend to live chipmusic during the Fringe Festival.
I know this is disappointing, but I think it's better to maintain good standards than to cobble together (for example) a mid-week afternoon show in the back room of a pub with a bad P.A. and extortionate hire fee. It would be unfair to ask artists or chip fans to travel to attend something like that.
A number of chip acts were provisionally booked for U2012 at the end of August. Since that window is out of the question now, there is no longer any kind of set-up for the event. For that reason, Ultrachip is being postponed until 2013, and will be happening outside of the Fringe Festival in future.
In the meantime, it's worth noting that there are other excellent UK chip events lined up for late August 2012, including ChipFest in Liverpool and SuperByte in Manchester. Go enjoy those. Ultrachip will return next year.