Ms Macklin said “he was a good guy and was always up for a chat and a laugh.”
“He was very sociable and would always be out and about doing things, but overall he was always really kind to me and I did consider him to be a mate,” she said.
On Sunday night Mr Mcrae’s heartbroken friends took to social media to pay tribute to him.
“Today I lost one of my best mates. Glenn you were the most funniest, sweetest person I know,” wrote Neha Singh.
“You were basically my older brother and because of you we brought a great group of people together. Our family isn’t going to be the same without you but we will always cherish the memories we had with you. I love you more than you’ll ever know. Rest In Peace.”
Cohan Lee remembered a mate always up for a good time.
“Taken too young brother. Will miss that cheeky smile and same want as me for a good time. Peace my brother. Let hair down now mate,” he wrote.
Over the first three days of the festival, NSW Police arrested 48 people and laid 61 charges for drug-related offences.
Eight people were issued with drug criminal infringement notices, including three Victorian men, aged between 22 to 26, who were all charged with supplying prohibited drugs.
Organisers of the Strawberry Fields music festival said in a statement they had “implemented every single harm minimisation strategy that is legally available”.
“However, we cannot control the choices of individual patrons. We are begging people to stop and think about the ramifications of their choices on their family and friends and to stay safe.”
Separately, a man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a suspected overdose at Melbourne’s inaugural Spilt Milk festival in Ballarat.
The man in 20s was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital on Saturday afternoon and discharged on Sunday.
Melbourne Lord mayor Sally Capp backed a controversial pill-testing trial in Melbourne earlier this month, despite Premier Daniel Andrews reiterating the government’s opposition to the proposal.
With Ashleigh McMillan and Rachel Wells
Paul is a reporter for The Age.