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Baker Boy Headlines Bluesfest's Boomerang Festival

Recently awarded Young Australian Of The Year, the rapper leads an exciting lineup of legendary and upcoming Aboriginal talent.

Now in its seventh year, the Boomerang Festival is a highlight within the annual Bluesfest event, held during the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay.

Baker Boy -- a.k.a. Yolngu man Danzel Baker -- has been announced as the festival's headline act, following his Young Australian Of The Year win.

In April, he will be joined by iconic acts including Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project and Archie Roach, and exciting newcomers like Mojo Juju and DOBBY.

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Sydney-based rapper DOBBY, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, said he was "so proud" to join Baker Boy on the Boomerang stage.

Byron Bay's Bluesfest.

"We are watching history in the making when it comes to his music and shows," he told 10 daily.

DOBBY's manager, Vyvienne Abla, described Boomerang Festival as the "heart and soul of Bluesfest, an experience like no other".

"Having DOBBY play at Boomerang is a huge milestone in his career and ‘bucket list’ tick. It means that much more being able to share this experience alongside his brothers and sisters like Baker Boy and Mojo Juju.

"It enables his voice and their voices to contribute to our national dialogue and narrative, which needs to be heard, near and far," she told 10 daily.

DOBBY will perform at Bluesfest for the first time in 2019. Image: Cole Bennetts.

The first Boomerang Festival kicked off in 2013.

“To have a musical showcase presenting the Young Australian of the Year -- the incredible Baker Boy -- the legendary Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Mojo Juju, the Mission Songs, Benny Walker and much much more, this is a dream bill for us," festival organisers said in a statement.

Bluesfest runs from the 19-21 April, 2019.